Although Sophie's Choice by William Styron won the American Book Award for fiction, it met with some very mixed reviews. Some critics regarded the novel as bombastic and melodramatic-in short, a colossal failure. In William Styron's "Sophie's Choice," Rhoda Sirlin demonstrates that Sophie's Choice is Styron's most audacious, original, and artistically successful novel to date.
Rhoda Sirlin is Adjunct Assistant Professor at Queens College and New York City Technical College. She is also Visiting Assistant Professor at the Pratt Institute.
Chapter 1 Foreword Chapter 2 Acknowledgments Chapter 3 Introduction Chapter 4 Against Sacred Silences: Holocaust Fiction and Anti-Semitism Chapter 5 Sex in Mid-Century America: "A Nightmarish Sargasso Sea of Guilts and Apprehension" Chapter 6 Sophie's Choice: An American Voyage into the Mystery of Iniquity Chapter 7 Conclusion Chapter 8 Appendix: A Conversation with William Styron Chapter 9 Works Cited Chapter 10 Index